PHONES IN SCHOOLS

If you do not have children in middle school or high school, you may not be aware of the issues with the phones at school. Hopefully they can be resolved soon. There are some trailblazing local parents in the community that have graciously kept a spotlight on these issues, especially in regard to the policy on cell phones in school. Thank you to you all for this.  This is truly an example of it takes a village. 

As one can imagine, cell phones can cause distraction to learning and socializing.  The policy was last updated in 2011, according to site admin meetings. 

According to Away for the Day  

82% of parents do not want their middle school child to have access to their phones during the day. Some parents like their children to have their phones available so they can contact them while they are in school.

A shocking 66% of teens report that they’ve received texts from their parents, even when their parents know they’re in class.

56% OF MIDDLE SCHOOLS ALLOW STUDENTS TO CARRY PHONES ON THEM ALL DAY.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE TWICE AS LIKEY TO ALLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS TO CARRY PHONES THAN PRIVATE MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

According to some involved parents, recent encouraging efforts in the local middle school have received praise by parents for "having a grasp on the Community Concerns and leadership demonstrated in a brief time of getting cell phone use under control." 

According to the research by Away for the Day :

31% more 8th graders MORE 8TH GRADERS REPORT FEELING LONELY IN 2015 THAN IN 2011.

56% OF 8TH GRADERS WHO USE SOCIAL MEDIA FREQUENTLY REPORT FEELING UNHAPPY COMPARED TO 20% OF 12TH GRADERS  WHO USE IT JUST AS OFTEN.

20% TEENS WHO SPEND MORE TIME IN PERSON WITH FRIENDS THAN THOSE WHO DON’T, ARE 20% MORE LIKELY TO REPORT BEING HAPPY. 

Please see the documentary "Undercover High" for High School phone issues.